"Ninety minutes of fun and done."
That's what musical director Robert Cohen is calling the 2011 CHS All School Musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone," which opens this Friday March 11. “It is a perfect musical to present in a high school,” enthused Cohen. "It has a lot of really good roles ... and you're going to love the show."
Drowsy Chaperone captured the 2006 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Book (book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics byLisa Lambert and Greg Morrison). Conceived as a tribute to the Jazz Age musicals of the 1920s and '30s, the story is advanced by a narrator — “The Man in the Chair” — a fan of musical theatre, who talks about his favorite show. As he speaks the musical comes alive in his apartment and much madness ensues.
Cohen reminisced that he "saw the show when it was on Broadway and didn't stop laughing for the entire 90 minutes."
This year’s show is a departure from recent CHS musicals in that there will be no intermission. The cast of 14 primary characters is supported by an ensemble of over 30 talented performers as well as a pit choir of approximately 1o students, who lend vocal depth to the shows overall sound.
The show was cast before the Christmas Break, and cast and crew have been hard at work since Monday, January 3.
The Drowsy Chaperone comes alive this weekend at Columbia High School, 17 Parker Avenue, Maplewood, NJ. Performances are scheduled for March 11-13 and the following weekend March 18-20. Friday and Saturday show times are 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at Maplewood Stationers, Maplewood Pizzeria, Stony's in South Orange and Corner Deli in South Orange. Advance tickets can also be purchased at the CHS Main Office.
For further information, please call 973-762-5600 extension 1018.
Tickets, if available, will sell for $15 on the day of the show.